Penn Schedule/Results at the Penn Relays
PHILADELPHIA With 47, 904 attending Championship Saturday, the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team had several relay teams as well as junior John Carelli compete in the final day of the 115th running of the world's largest track meet. The three day attendance total for the Penn Relays at the historic Franklin Field was 111,720 - the fifth-highest attendance of all-time.
Junior John Carelli competed for the Penn Relays triple jump championship and nearly surpassed apersonal best in the process. The Allentown, Pa., product placed ninthagainst one of the strongest fields in the nation.His jump of 15.31 meters (50 feet, 2 3/4 inches) bested several competitors from the Big 12 and SEC.The mark was also just inches shy of improving upon his personal record which ranks sixth in school history.
Penn's 400-meter relay team bested the season-best effort they posted less than 24 hours earlier. In the hot afternoon sun at the historic venue, senior Kevin Benjamin took the lead leg for the Quakers and handed to senior Joey Brown, followed by sophomore Alan Hill and senior Kevin Baidoo. Running out of lane one, the quartet clocked out at an impressive 41.57.
The Quakers also raced in the 3,200-meter relay Championship of America, once again giving the Red and Blue a chance to face some of the top competition in the nation. In front of an energized and near-capacity crowd, the Penn relay team finished 13th with a time of 7:50.32 in a heavy field that consisted of relay powerhouses, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, LSU, Villanova and Florida.
On Friday, the Quakers claimed their second Penn Relays title of the weekend when junior Anthony Abitante won the Eastern Pole Vault Championship. Earlier in the week, senior Max Westman won the decathlon, becoming the first Quaker to officially win the event since 1932.
The Quakers have a weekend off next week to prepare for the Heptagonal Championships. It will be the team's first weekend off since the start of the outdoor season on March 20. Penn will host the 2009 Heptagonals at Franklin Field on May 9-10.
Penn at the Relays
5,000 Meters: 38-Sullivan (15:09.56), 40-Santillo (15:14.06)
400 Hurdles: 17-Sinclair (53.11), 36-Neason (55.06), 42-Harris (55.87)
400-Meter Relay (prelims): 34-Penn (41.85)
400-Meter Relay (IC4A Final): 8-Penn (41.57)
800-Meter Relay (prelims): 31-Penn (1:27.94)
1,600-Meter Relay: 2-Penn (3:16.14)
3,200-Meter Relay: 13-Penn (7:50.32)
Triple Jump: 9-Carelli (15.31m)
Pole Vault: 1-Abitante (5.10m)
Distance Medley Relay: 17-Penn (10:09.38)
Sprint Medley Relay: 32-Penn (3:34.00)
Shuttle Hurdle Relay: 10-Penn (1:03.84)